National / International News

£30K policing bill for boxing match

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:14
More than £30,000 was paid out of the public purse towards the cost of policing a world title fight in Belfast earlier this year, the Police Service of Northern Ireland confirms.

VIDEO: Fire engulfs factory in Sydney

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:04
A large fire engulfed a factory in western Sydney, Australia, forcing some residents to move from the area.

AUDIO: Mark Thomas on 'police snooping'

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:00
Comedian and writer Mark Thomas is among six journalists taking legal action because they believe the Metropolitan Police is monitoring them and keeping information on a database that deals with extremists.

Cutting interest rates on student debt

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:00

Wells Fargo has launched a loan modification program for student loan customers who are delinquent on their loans or facing a new financial hardship.

The bank’s John Rasmussen estimates, 600 to 1,000 borrowers will qualify to have their interest rates cut by the end of 2015. He says the company wants to have long-term relationships with its customers.

Kevin Jacques, a professor at Baldwin Wallace University, says the program makes financial sense, too, since it may mean borrowers will continue to make payments instead of defaulting. 

For more on this story, click the media player above.

Inflating art ... No, not Koons' balloon animals

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:00

In honor of Marketplace's 25th anniversary, we're looking at some of the surprising ways prices have changed over the last quarter century.

Today, we're looking at art. Specifically, the prices of art considered so fine it's worth millions. 

Blake Gopnik is critic-at-large for Artnet News, and a contributor to the New York Times. He joined us to talk about thinking of art as an investment, and how some works have seen their value jump by 700 percent in 25 years.

Click the media player above to hear Blake Gopnik in conversation with Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio.

For troubled Detroit, could immigration help?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:00

On Thursday evening, President Barack Obama announced a plan to use his executive authority to roll out major reforms to the nation’s immigration policy.

Among other things, the action offers temporary legal status to some 5 millions illegal immigrants, along with an indefinite reprieve from deportation.

In the Midwest, immigrants have been sought after as a way to sustain metro economies winnowed by decades of out-migration.

Earlier this year, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan sent a letter to President Obama to earmark 50,000 visas for workers agreeing to live in Detroit.

Immigration is viewed as one of the few tools available to bring Detroit’s economy back from the brink.

“Immigrants, including those who don’t have a formal education, can really be important to the labor force and to sustaining and revitalizing Detroit neighborhoods,” says Steve Tobocman, Director of Global Detroit, and economic development non-profit.

Tobocman says immigration reform could help reverse the trends of population loss and a rapidly aging workforce. Other outcomes would directly affect future workers.

“It could have a huge impact is on kids,” says Sherrie Kossoudji, an economist at the University Of Michigan School Of Social Work.

“One of the things some of us have always argued is that immigration reform could be on the biggest anti-poverty programs we’ve ever had.”

Kossoudji says granting legal status has been show to increase wages by 6 percent, creating all kinds of spillover benefits for families, consumer spending and tax revenue.



Silicon Tally: Tweetin' Turkey

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:00

It's time for Silicon Tally! How well have you kept up with the week in tech news?

This week, we're joined by Marty Van Ness, supervisor of the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line, for a food-themed Silicon Tally.

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Hamilton sets pace at title decider

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 01:59
Lewis Hamilton is fastest ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in first practice at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

VIDEO: Addy on BBC1 domination

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 01:56
Mark Addy talks about his roles in current BBC1 dramas 'Atlantis' and 'Remember Me', and working alongside Michael Palin

Israel 'foils plot to kill minister'

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 01:51
Israel says it has arrested four Palestinian Hamas members who were planning to kill FM Avigdor Lieberman during the recent Gaza conflict.

Embrace the arts, engineers told

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 01:44
Engineering needs to emphasise its creative side to encourage more young people to take it up as a career, says a leading member of the profession.

'Child risk' councillor 'was bullied'

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 01:41
A councillor named as a "risk" to children rejects the claim, saying he is the victim of bullying.

Labour blame result on anti-politics

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 01:38
Labour's Douglas Alexander says the Rochester and Strood by-election result has sent "strong messages" to all parties and highlighted a sense of "alienation".

Thai martial law to be 'indefinite'

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 01:35
Thailand's military leaders say they have no plans to remove martial law soon, amid mounting protests and criticism of the junta.

Delta swaps Boeings for Airbus jets

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 01:03
American airline Delta replaces its old Boeing planes in a $14bn order for 50 Airbus wide-body jets powered by Rolls Royce engines

Fire at plant released radioactivity

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 01:02
A fire in part of Dounreay's Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) facility last month led to an "unauthorised release" of radioactivity.

Public borrowing at £7.7bn in October

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 01:00
Government borrowing fell to £7.7bn in October, official figures show, down £0.2bn from a year earlier.

O'Keefe work sets female art record

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 00:58
A floral painting by late US artist Georgia O'Keefe sells for $44.4m (£28.8m) at auction, setting a record for an artwork by a female artist.

Rifle recovered in police operation

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 00:58
An assault rifle is recovered and four men arrested during a police operation close to Belfast city centre on Thursday night.

VIDEO: Doll challenges Barbie body shape

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 00:35
American artist Nickolay Lamm has used crowd-funding to create a rival to the Barbie doll, Lammily, with the slogan "average is beautiful".